Montana Preserve America
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: What
are the benefits of Preserve America Community designation?
A: Preserve America was created in 2003 via a White House
Initiative (First Lady Michelle Obama, honorary chair) to offer
national recognition for a community's preservation and heritage
tourism efforts. Designation also offers federal funding eligibility
for Preserve America monies. See
- Q: How
do I apply for a Preserve America grant?
A: We are not accepting applications for the Preserve America grant
program as there are no federal funds available at this time.
- Q: Does
Montana also offer Preserve America funding to designated Preserve
A: Yes, depending upon funding availability. Currently, MT
SHPO applied for and received Preserve America funding to subgrant
to Montana Preserve America Communities for qualified planning
- Q: Are
designated Preserve America Communities eligible to apply for both
federal and state Preserve America funds?
Designated Preserve America Communities are encouraged to apply for
both funding sources. If requested, Montana SHPO can write a letter
of support for your grant application. The national funding source
offers more project categories than the state. Montana's funding
comes from the national program and was granted under specific
categories. See Montana SHPO's website for the most current funding
- Q: Can
anyone in a designated Preserve America Community apply for grants?
A: Designated Preserve America Communities and Neighborhoods, State
Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices,
and Certified Local Governments that have applied for Preserve
America Community designation are all eligible to apply for Preserve
America grants. Individuals, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses
are not eligible for funding but can assist a designated community
in the grant application process and coordinate/host a funded
- Q: How
can my community apply for Preserve America Community designation?
A: The Preserve America Community application is available at
http://www.preserveamerica.gov/communities.html. The application
must include a resolution by the applying community. A model
resolution is available at the webpage above. Also, check out: Ideas
for Preserve America Community Designation Applications. (attached).
Communities must be designated a Preserve America Community to be
eligible for funding.
- Q: What
Montana communities have been designated Preserve America
A: As of November 1, 2010, there are 23 Preserve America Communities
they are: Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Billings, Big Horn County, Bozeman,
Butte-Silver Bow, Crow Tribe, Fort Benton, Great Falls, Havre,
Helena, Hill County, Jefferson County, Kalispell, Lewistown, Lewis
and Clark County, Livingston, Miles City, Missoula, Missoula County,
Stevensville, Red Lodge, Terry, and Virginia City. For the most
up-to-date list, see
- Q: Does
Preserve America Community designation mean properties are listed in
the National Register of Historic Places?
A: No, Preserve America and National Register of Historic Places are
different programs. The national Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation reviews and designates Preserve America Communities,
and administers the program's website. National Register listing is
a separate program from Preserve America, has different eligibility
criteria, and separate review processes. See
www.nps.gov/nr. Property owners are always specifically notified
before their properties are listed in the National Register.